Cheap Seats

On This Date in Cardinals History: June 15, 1952

Still trying to swallow the Cardinals Tuesday night late inning choke job? Well, take some solace in the fact that the St. Louis nine has had its share of doling out throat obstructions over the years.

On this date 59 years ago the Redbirds found themselves down 11-0 in the fifth inning against the Giants at the Polo Grounds. They outscored New York the rest of the way by a 14-1 margin to win the game 14-12.

Catcher Del Rice and outfielder Enos Slaughter each collected three hits in the St. Louis offensive outburst while shortstop Solly Hemus hit a pair of homers -- one in the sixth and the other in the ninth to win the game. Second baseman Red Schoendienst, outfielder Stan Musial, first baseman Dick Sisler and third baseman Tommy Galviano each joined Hemus with a pair of hits.

Joe Presko started the game for St. Louis and was rocked for five runs on six hits over an inning and two-thirds. Jack Crimian relieved and was worth with six runs allowed in a third of an inning. Sal "The Barber" Maglie started the game for New York and rolled through four innings before giving up seven runs in his final frame. Former Cardinals hurler Max Lanier eventually took the loss.

If it further helps... The team that took the come from behind beatdown seemed to be none the worse for wear back in 1952. The Giants beat the Cardinals 3-0 in the second game of a doubleheader that day. So, hopefully, the Redbirds will similarly shake off their problems tonight in Washington.